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Mapping tool allows emergency management personnel to visually track resources
Date:1/15/2008

traditional voice communications. The symbols displayed on the map are the Department of Homeland Securitys official emergency management icons.

During an event, electronic feeds can alert users to new incidents and display the location of the events live on the map. Also, GTVC records every users actions so that those in command can review them after the event to improve planning for future events.

Pennywitts software development team spent two months improving GTVC to provide Florida with new capabilities including real-time tracking of resources. Researchers also included the ability to:

  • Track mobile assets with the global positioning system (GPS)
  • Manage warehouse resources
  • Display real-time availability of a resource
  • Aggregate multiple resources in the same location with a single icon
  • Simultaneously show location coordinates in multiple formats, such as latitude/longitude and military grid reference system
  • Update the status of a resource by clicking on its map icon as an alternative to using the database interface

We will soon be adding an option to allow users to provide their own custom topographic, photographic or aerial maps, explained Pennywitt. Currently, users can view street maps, aerial imagery or a combination of both.

The combined mapping and database system provides Florida with a robust networked emergency management system that it plans to implement in all 67 of the states counties.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has been using the system since 2005 to track forest fires and hurricanes. Hillsborough County, Florida and Dakota County, Minnesota have also licensed the emergency management software for their incident preparedness plans.

Weve also had interest from more than 100 other cities, counties and local agencies, added Pennywitt.


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